Help save hawkmoths at the NHM

Published: 02 July 2008

The Natural History Museum (NHM) in London has a rare opportunity to acquire an outstanding collection of 229,000 hawkmoth specimens. The hawkmoths were painstakingly gathered by a passionate collector, Jean-Marie Cadiou, over a period of almost 40 years. It is the most important hawkmoth collection ever to become available.

Securing these rare specimens will make the NHM's collection the largest and most important in the world and will enable them to undertake further research into the evolution and behaviour of these fascinating insects. Hawkmoths are also an excellent flagship species as scientists can monitor climate change by studying their distribution.

The Natural History Museum needs to raise £120,000 by 30 September to secure the collection and is asking for your help.

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